TE Ernest Wilford - Free Agent

6-4, 223Born: 1-14-1979College: Virginia TechDrafted: Round 4, pick 0

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Game Recaps

2009 Week 4 vs TEN (3 / 1 / 29 / 0 rec)

Wilford had one long catch that helped set up a score. His WR athleticism is still apparent even though he has made a transition to playing TE.

2009 Week 8 vs TEN (5 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

Ernest Wilford was listed as a starting tight end for the Jaguars and he grabbed two short passes in Week 8 to help out a struggling Jacksonville passing game. After his best grab went for 13 yards, he was flagged for taunting that cost him all the yardage (and it was a terrible call). Wilford used to be a wide receiver, but since he filled out his frame some more he plays closer to the line and is a hybrid WR/TE. With no clear role for Wilford and his status behind Mike Sims-Walker and Torry Holt in the passing attack, Wilford can be avoided in most fantasy leagues.

2009 Week 12 vs SF (2 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec)

Wilford caught a deep pass in the second half, but really wasn't on Garrard's radar for most of the game. He showed that he is still capable of making some plays, but as the fifth option in this offense, that won't help anyone's fantasy team.

2009 Week 13 vs HOU (3 / 2 / 11 / 1 rec)

Wilford had a touchdown reception against the Texans on a 7 yard pass where he crossed the goalline on the left side then came-back to the ball. He was used primarily as a 4th receiver in 4-wide sets against the Texans.

2009 Week 15 vs IND (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Ernest Wilford dropped his first target, a short toss to the left that would have been good enough for at least six yards and possibly even a first down in the third quarter. Wilford caught his second target, another short pass in the final period for a seven yard gain.

2008 Week 3 vs NE (1 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)

Wilford, who was largely believed to be one of the team's top receivers when he was signed, wasn't targeted at all and saw barely any playing time for the first two weeks of the season. He was targeted once on Sunday, and he converted it into a 15 yard reception.

2008 Week 14 vs BUF (2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

Wilford made his second and third catches of the year in the second half of the game. His appearance coincided with the disappearance of Ted Ginn, Jr.

2007 Week 1 vs TEN (3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

Wilford was used on short passing routes, and showed good hands in making catches while tightly covered.

2007 Week 2 vs ATL (2 / 1 / 33 / 0 rec)

Wilford took advantage of his limited opportunity, as only one of his targets was catchable, and turned that pass into a 33 yard gain on a third down play.

2007 Week 3 vs DEN (2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

Wilford caught both of the short passes that were thrown to him, but was not much of a factor.

2007 Week 5 vs KC (1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Wilford caught the only pass that was thrown to him, but was not much of a factor.

2007 Week 6 vs HOU (2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Wilford only managed to catch one pass for one yard.

2007 Week 7 vs IND (8 / 6 / 53 / 0 rec)

David Garrard looked for Wilford early (three of his first five passes), and then the Jaguar WR disappeared until the fourth quarter, when Quinn Gray began looking for him again (five pass targets in the last fifteen minutes, including one in the red zone).

2007 Week 8 vs TB (3 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Wilford would have had better numbers as he was overthrown on two of his targets when he was open, and had a reception of around 20 yards called back due to a penalty on a teammate. All of his targets came in the second half.

2007 Week 9 vs NO (6 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)

Wilford was only targeted once in the first half, but was utilized more in the second half, and proved adept at getting open on short to intermediate routes, but did not have any big gains.

2007 Week 10 vs TEN (5 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Wilford caught two of the passes intended for him, with the other two not within his reach.

2007 Week 11 vs SD (3 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)

Wilford obviously wasn't a main factor in the passing game, and didn't do much of anything to change the outcome.

2007 Week 12 vs BUF (8 / 5 / 60 / 0 rec)

Wilford played a key role in the Jacksonville offense and was targeted two times in each quarter. He caught five passes for 60 yards.

2007 Week 13 vs IND (5 / 5 / 72 / 0 rec)

Wilford had a good rapport with Garrard in this game, and ran very good routes, getting open several times as a result. Most of his routes were more of the intermediate variety, and he proved to be more than a short yardage possession receiver in this game.

2007 Week 14 vs CAR (8 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)

Wilford was targeted eight times, catching four passes for 38 yards. Three of his four catches went for first downs. His other catch came up two yards short of a first down when the Jaguars needed 18 yards. Wilford did get a chance to score but the pass was incomplete from the five yard line.

2007 Week 15 vs PIT (6 / 2 / 22 / 1 rec)

Wilford hauled in two passes for 22 yards. Garrard found him wide open on a roll-out for a twelve yard touchdown. The catch was Wilford's first touchdown this season. Wilford was held on another deep attempt, but the officials did not see the penalty.

2007 Week 16 vs OAK (4 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

Wilford caught half of the passed thrown his way, for eight and 14 yard gains.

2007 Week 17 vs HOU (8 / 6 / 58 / 2 rec)

Wilford was very productive and ran his routes very well, getting open at the time the ball arrived from Gray several times. He ran mostly short routes with a couple of intermediate routes thrown in, and was the recipient of two touchdown passes as a result.

2007 Week 18 vs PIT (3 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec)

Wilford was able to bring in two of the three balls thrown to him successfully. The third was a long pass where Wilford dove for the ball but the tip found the ground before he was able to secure it.

2007 Week 19 vs NE (4 / 2 / 21 / 1 rec)

Wilford was not targeted much, but two of his targets were in the end zone, and he caught one of them for a touchdown. Garrard looked for him on a crucial third down play in the second half and he came through with a good leaping catch.

2006 Week 1 vs DAL (5 / 3 / 58 / 0 rec)

Wilford caught three passes for 58 yards on five total looks by Byron Leftwich. Leftwich hit Wilford on a 30 yard pass early in the second quarter. That play seemed to get the Jaguars on track and led to their first points of the game, a 35 yard field goal.

2006 Week 2 vs PIT (6 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)

Wilford was not a big part of the passing game, ending with six targets. He made a catch for a 16 yard gain and a first down on the Jaguars' opening drive. He caught two more short passes in the first half and had one bad drop on another. Wilford only saw two targets in the second half, catching one for three yards.

2006 Week 3 vs IND (6 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)

Wilford was asked to work the short to intermediate routes, and did an okay job with the opportunities he was given. He was open in the end zone on a play where Leftwich overthrew him.

2006 Week 4 vs WAS (6 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)

Wilford was used mostly on short and intermediate routes, and capitalized on his opportunities in the second half, when he came up with some clutch catches to keep some drives going. Leftwich seemed comfortable going to him at times when he needed a first down.

2006 Week 5 vs NYJ (2 / 1 / 40 / 0 rec)

Wilford was targeted only two times. He made the most of his one reception, turning a quick out into a 40 yard gain with a broken tackle and a sprint down the sideline.

2006 Week 7 vs HOU (6 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)

Wilford was targeted the most by Leftwich, but ended with just two receptions. He fumbled one of those receptions, which provide to be costly, and had two catches called back due to offensive penalties. Wilford was targeted in the red zone, and was able to get a pass interference call on the defender covering him. He was open on other occasions, but Leftwich overthrew him several times.

2006 Week 8 vs PHI (2 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

Wilford was targeted twice in Week 8, first as a deep threat in the opening period. He later reeled in a 16 yard catch in the third quarter, but he was unable to pick up the extra yard that would have resulted in a first down.

2006 Week 9 vs TEN (6 / 3 / 44 / 2 rec)

Wilford was Garrard's favorite target in the end zone. In addition to the two passes he caught for touchdowns, he was targeted on two additional passes in the end zone, but was overthrown both times. Wilford ran a variety of routes, and was able to get open throughout the game.

2006 Week 10 vs HOU (8 / 2 / 50 / 0 rec)

Wilford was targeted a team high eight times. He had two 25 yard catches. Wilford dropped two other passes, including a perfect deep throw that might have resulted in a 79 yard touchdown pass.

2006 Week 11 vs NYG (8 / 5 / 72 / 0 rec)

Wilford seemed to be Garrard's first choice in the passing game and was the most reliable when it came to catching the ball. Wilford gave the Jaguars a first down when he caught an 18 yard pass on third down. He later turned defender to prevent a possible interception. On the Jaguars' fourth possession, Wilford had three key receptions for first downs. He gained 17 yards, seven yards, and 13 yards, setting up a Fred Taylor touchdown run. Wilford was again heavily involved at the start of the second half. He caught passes for 17 yards and 15 yards, and was then targeted at the back of the end zone. The ball was thrown too deep and Wilford was shaken up as he fell after trying to make the catch. He did return but did not record another catch in the game. He later rolled his ankle and left the game for good.

2006 Week 12 vs BUF (2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Wilford was also not targeted in the first half, and caught the only pass thrown to him.

2006 Week 13 vs MIA (5 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)

Wilford was targeted four times in the game. He made a 14 yard catch during the Jaguars' last scoring drive of the game.

2006 Week 14 vs IND (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Wilford's only involvement in the passing game was on a deep pass in the end zone that was overthrown.

2006 Week 15 vs TEN (4 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Wilford was used exclusively on short routes where he did not have an opportunity to make big plays.

2006 Week 16 vs NE (2 / 2 / 44 / 0 rec)

Wilford caught his only first half target for a three yard gain. He was also the intended target on the Jaguars' second drive after the interval, but the pass was intercepted. Fortunately for the Jaguars the play was negated after a roughing the passer call. Garrard went straight back to Wilford and hit him deep for a 41 yard gain before he was tackled at the Patriots' two yard line.

2006 Week 17 vs KC (5 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)

Wilford was targeted often but was not able to get very open. He caught only two of the seven passes intended for him.

2005 Week 1 vs SEA (2 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

Wilford was not a fantasy factor.

2005 Week 2 vs IND (1 / 1 / 25 / 0 rec)

Wilford had just one reception in the game for 25 yards late in the fourth quarter and was not a factor for fantasy owners.

2005 Week 3 vs NYJ (3 / 2 / 35 / 1 rec)

Wilford caught Jacksonville's first touchdown for 21 yards on a ball that was bulleted through the seam of the zone defense by Leftwich.

2005 Week 4 vs DEN (4 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

Wilford was used as a possession type receiver except on one play where he was sent deep. That play resulted in one of Leftwich's interceptions.

2005 Week 5 vs CIN (1 / 1 / 11 / 1 rec)

Wilford made the most of his lone target, by running 11 yards for the touchdown and delivering an impressive stiff arm to a would be tackler.

2005 Week 6 vs PIT (2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Wilford had two receptions for 18 yards.

2005 Week 8 vs STL (7 / 6 / 145 / 1 rec)

Wilford took advantage of single coverage by using his size to overpower defenders and turn in an impressive performance. Wilford ran crossing routes over the middle as well as a couple of deeper patterns and caught most of the passes thrown to him. His touchdown catch was an example of superior concentration, as a Rams' defender tipped the ball, but Wilford had the presence of mind to not only catch the ball, but also ensure his feet were inbounds before sliding out of the end zone.

2005 Week 9 vs HOU (7 / 4 / 89 / 1 rec)

Wilford was promoted to a starting WR. He built on his strong game last week and capitalized on being awarded the start, by having another very good game. He showed he could not only use his size to good advantage, but he could run good intermediate routes to get open, as evidenced on his touchdown reception. He also was Leftwich's favorite target on the few deep passes that were attempted, and seemed to continue his development into a more complete receiver.

2005 Week 10 vs BAL (7 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Wilford's recent success came to a screeching halt in this game. He dropped several passes and only managed one reception. He left the game early in the fourth quarter with an apparent shoulder injury. He did not return.

2005 Week 11 vs TEN (7 / 5 / 47 / 1 rec)

Wilford did not have a pass thrown to him in the first half, but took advantage of being called on in the second half. His touchdown catch was an example of great leaping ability and concentration, as he out jumped a Titans' defender to catch the ball. Wilford did not run many deep patterns in this game, but was effective on the short to intermediate routes he was asked to run.

2005 Week 12 vs ARI (4 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)

Wilford did not have a productive game, in some part to being targeted just once in the second half. As a result, his impact on the game was minimal.

2005 Week 13 vs CLE (5 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)

Wilford dropped a catchable touchdown pass early in the game, however, David Garrard went back to him in the end zone on the next scoring drive in the first quarter. Unfortunately, Wilford saw the bulk of his targets in the first half before Garrard heated up, and did not seem to have the same trust factor that teammate Jimmy Smith did.

2005 Week 14 vs IND (5 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)

Wilford was not much of a factor in this game, and like Jones, was utilized mostly on shorter routes. He did drop one of his targets, which would have improved his numbers.

2005 Week 15 vs SF (6 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)

Wilford only had two receptions, but almost made a touch catch at the two yard line on a deep pass thrown to him that was well defended. He did not contribute much to the game.

2005 Week 16 vs HOU (10 / 4 / 118 / 1 rec)

Wilford made the most of his four receptions finishing with 118 yards and a touchdown. Garrard took advantage of one on one coverage and a significant height advantage utilizing Wilford as a deep threat downfield. Wilford did have several dropped passes in the game but he made up for those mistakes with a beautiful diving reception and three receptions of over 32 yards, including his 36 yards touchdown. He finished with a whopping 29.5 yards per catch in the game. Wilford had two additional end zone targets but both were easily defended and nearly intercepted. Garrard and Wilford caught the Houston defense clearly expecting a run on third and one but burned them for the 36 yard touchdown strike.

2005 Week 17 vs TEN (3 / 2 / 40 / 1 rec)

Wilford caught both of his receptions late in the third quarter on back to back plays. His first catch went for 26 yards, out leaping his defender down the right sideline on a beautiful touch pass from Quinn Gray. Wilford's next grab was basically the same play on the left sideline for a 14 yard touchdown catch. Wilford's touchdown reception gave him seven for the season to lead the Jaguars.